I guess it comes down to a plotter or a pantser or even a just give me an idea!
Seriously, Ideas pop into my head all the time. I'm constantly writing scenes in my head that might never make it onto the keyboard.
I think it was the World According to Garp where he sees the red gloves in the gutter and a story pops into his head? Correct me if I'm wrong, it's been awhile.
That's where I think the stories hide. In those everyday things all around us. Stephen King says in his book, On Writing that he just puts too ideas together. Like for Carrie; Telekinesis and a girl who gets picked on in school. Easy, right? Rapid dog and mom trapped in a car with her son. Writer has accident and meets crazed fan.
So for this year's NANO I'm going to take King's idea and merge two things together. I'm starting a list;
Housewife and the devil meet
Old car and ....wait! That was King's. :)
Vacation on an island and contact is lost from the mainland
Man gets job in restaurant Owner is a ghost
Woman is murdered and haunts her murderer
Girl discovers secret passage in her new home discovers aliens
Woman buys a bracelet at a garage sale and can suddenly hear voices.
The list is growing.... which to pick.
Who doesn't love a good NANO challenge?
So where are you going with NANO this year?